I am Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader for English Literature at Portsmouth.
My main teaching and research is in early modern literature and culture. I have particular interests in women's writing of the period, Shakespeare's History plays, discourses of early science and natural philosophy and early modern concepts of retreat, community and friendship.
I am currently working on a book on the seventeenth-century writer, Mary Chudleigh, and her contemporaries for Manchester University Press. I have published widely on writing of the period, most recently on Margaret Cavendish's Blazing World, Francis Bacon's New Atlantis and on the relationship between early modern science and religion.
I am also a participant in the 'Hayworth' performance project in collaboration with colleagues from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, Doye Mosse Productions, the playwright Bernie Byrnes and the actress Rula Lenska. Inspired by Rita Hayworth's life and, in particular, her struggle with dementia, this project aims to challenge audiences' perceptions of this condition and concepts of memory.
I undertook both my undergraduate and post-graduate studies at Cardiff University, where I was awarded a 3-year full-time British Academy Award to study for my Ph.D. on seventeeth-century poetry.
During this period I gained one of two exchange places awarded annually by Cardiff University to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, where I studied and worked for a year.
After receiving my Ph.D., I was appointed to a one-year teaching post at Cardiff before taking up my current position at Portsmouth. I became a Principal Lecturer in 2002.
- Seventeenth-century literature and culture
- Early modern women's writing
- Poetry of the Civil War and Republican periods
- Seventeenth-century natural philosophy and early science
- Early modern concepts of friendship and community
- Early modern concepts of retreat
- Shakespeare's History Plays
Ph.D. Research Supervision
I would welcome enquiries and applications from students wishing to study a Ph.D. in any of the above areas.
My main undergraduate teaching is in early modern literature.
I run the L5 option, 'Bloody Shakespeare: Shakespeare's History Plays'.
I contribute to the L4 core module 'Body Politics'.
I also supervise MRes students and have been a Ph.D. supervisor.
I am happy to take calls and emails from media on my research, and am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner.
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